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Pokémon Go returning player guide: Battles, trading, coronavirus changes, and more

The summer of 2016 was a strange time to be outdoors. Every public space was jam-packed with people playing Pokémon Go, flinging Poké Balls, and taking over gyms. That was really all you could do in the game, and the initial hype wasn't enough to keep most players interested. If you bailed on Pokémon Go after those first few weeks, you might be wondering what's changed in the subsequent four years. Well, a lot. Here's what returning Pokémon Go players can expect.

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HBO makes Silicon Valley, dozens of shows and movies free to watch this month

As the novel coronavirus pandemic is expected to peak over the next several weeks, having the masses stay at home will be most crucial during this time. But the lockdown orders do have their deleterious domino effects from unemployment to mental deterioration. It's under these pretenses that AT&T-owned HBO has decided to offer about 500 hours of shows and movies to everyone, subscription-free.

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Google's community mobility reports show how the coronavirus has changed society (Updated)

Google's apps and services are among the most-used in the world, so it's no wonder that people turn to the company when they want to find out more about the coronavirus pandemic. In order to suppress misinformation and help its users find trustworthy sources, Google took a lot of measures, including a COVID-19 website created in cooperation with the WHO and the CDC and many editorialized search results in all products. While it's pretty easy to spot all of this information yourself while you're using Google apps, we'd still like to give you a broad overview of some of the measures.

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YouTube Music rolls out shareable user profiles

Compared to Spotify, YouTube Music's social options feel rather lackluster, but Google is working on changing that. While you can't follow other people just yet or get a special Duo Mix for you and your special someone, you can now at least share your profile complete with your public playlists with others via links.

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G Suite users get free Hangouts Meet upgrades through September in response to COVID-19 crisis (Updated)

As the world stacks precaution after precaution on people's everyday lives to protect them from a potential novel coronavirus infection, Google has announced that it will be ready to accommodate the influx of from-home meetings that may need to be organized in the near future. To do that, it has extended enterprise features for Hangouts Meet to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers until July 1.

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Android 11 Developer Preview 2 gets a new bugfix update

Google is handling the Android 11 Developer Previews a bit differently than it did with previous Android betas. Each major Preview so far has been accompanied by at least one bugfix update, and now another minor OTA is rolling out.

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Moto G8 Power Lite launches with Android 9 Pie, MicroUSB, and 720p screen

Motorola's product strategy for the past few years has been to release a phone at every price point imaginable. The Moto G8 was announced last month, while the G Power and G Stylus just went up for pre-order, and now another G8 model is here: the Power Lite.

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Cloudflare introduces free DNS resolvers for blocking malware and adult content

Cloudflare is mostly known as a B2B company working on speeding up and protecting websites (including our own), but in recent years, the web-infrastructure business has pivoted to consumers. It offers a VPN app on Android and lets anyone use its DNS lookup service that's supposedly faster than any other. To make browsing the web even safer via its resolver, the company has introduced a new service that blocks malware and adult content, dubbed " for families."

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Google is shutting down its Neighbourly app on May 12

Google's approach to software can be described as "Just throw it at customers and see what sticks." That shows — many beloved but ultimately unsuccessful projects have been killed over the years, and mentioning Inbox, Google+, and Google Reader only scratches the surface. The latest platform to join the Google graveyard is Neighbourly, Google's India-only Q&A app for questions about places and events in your community.

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